In 2005, as part of our Silk Road tour, Lanzhou, Gansu was one of our stops.
“Lanzhou (Chinese: 兰州) is the capital and largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China. Located on the banks of the Yellow River, it is a key regional transportation hub, connecting areas further west by rail to the eastern half of the country. Historically, it has been a major link on the Northern Silk Road and it stands to become a major hub on the New Eurasian Land Bridge.” — Wikipedia
“Traditionally, it is believed that the Chinese civilization originated in the Yellow River basin. The Chinese refer to the river as “the Mother River” and “the cradle of the Chinese civilization”. During the long history of China, the Yellow River has been considered a blessing as well as a curse and has been nicknamed both “China’s Pride” and “China’s Sorrow”.“—- Wikipedia
So, the Yellow River was symbolized by the Mother of the sculpture.
This bridge was the first permanent bridge to be built over the Yellow River. It was completed in 1909.
The Flying Horse of Gansu, also known as the Bronze Running Horse (銅奔馬) or the Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow (馬踏飛燕), is a Chinese bronze sculpture from circa the 2nd century CE. Discovered in 1969 near the city of Wuwei, in the province of Gansu, it is now in the Gansu Provincial Museum. “Perfectly balanced,” says one authority, “on the one hoof which rests without pressure on a flying swallow, it is a remarkable example of three-dimensional form and of animal portraiture with the head vividly expressing mettlesome vigor.”—- Wikipedia
Dafo (Wofo) Temple
The translation of the name would be Big Buddha Temple or Sleeping Buddha Temple. This temple was build during Western Xia dynasty in 1098, it housed the biggest sleeping Buddha statue in China.
Unfortunately, the statue was being repaired so I didn’t get a decent photo of it. Please see the image from Wikipedia.